The Modernity of Premodern Islam in Contemporary Daghestan
Contemporary Islam: Dynamics of Muslim Life, Vol. 5, No. 2, pp. 161-183, 2011
23 Pages Posted: 22 Dec 2010 Last revised: 23 Sep 2012
Date Written: December 22, 2010
This essay studies the relations between past and present forms of Islam in the Republic of Daghestan, situated in the northern Caucasus (present day Russia). I show how Daghestani urban and rural geographies demonstrate that the post-Soviet turn to Islam looks beyond colonial legacies, seeking meaning in a post-secular present. From Islamic bookstores to scholarly archives, I explore the historical background of Daghestan’s long-standing encounter with the Arabo-Islamic world and seek through a diverse series of ethnographic reflections to contribute to the theorization of modernity in contemporary Islamic societies.
Keywords: Daghestan, Dagestan, Arabic, the Caucasus, Islam, Russo-Chechen War, modernity, secularity
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